Is it possible that we may be practicing Vipassana without knowing it?

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arch
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Is it possible that we may be practicing Vipassana without knowing it?

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Hi

I have been a Vipassana practitioner since 2001 and lately have been going through a challenging life situation. It’s affecting my physical and mental health so much that I am unable to practice. However I see that my spiritual inclinations or views and mental tendencies around equanimity , keeping an unbiased view and wishing well for all sentennial beings don’t change easily.

Since I am unable to practice I do worry that my practice must be becoming weak. But then I also wonder if it’s possible that I might be practicing Vipassana unknowingly at least mildly. If you’ve had a subtle mind for decades and had a good practice is this possible?

May be I am trying to comfort myself but just wanted to know about your opinions as well as any experiences especially around illnesses or traumatic or challenging situations where “conscious practice” becomes significantly hard.

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Yes. To the extent that one has trained to not react with lust, illwill or ignorance in relation to feelings, sensations, the process of letting go continues as long as one lives a virtuous life according to the precepts.
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Re: Is it possible that we may be practicing Vipassana without knowing it?

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Vipassana is not a practice. It's a quality to be developed.
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I like this word 'bhāvanā' or development. Conventionally speaking, if your trials are making you stronger, this is bhāvanā.

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Re: Is it possible that we may be practicing Vipassana without knowing it?

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In my opinion, you are doing vipassana whenever you are viewing all experiences as anicca, dukkha and anatta or various combinations thereof -whether on or off the cushion.

The formal practice is like playing scales and arpeggios on the piano in preparation for the real piano piece-when the rubber hits the road as it were.
You can actually find "Buddhist" wisdom in many places.
And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.
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Re: Is it possible that we may be practicing Vipassana without knowing it?

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Srilankaputra wrote: Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:26 am I like this word 'bhāvanā' or development. Conventionally speaking, if your trials are making you stronger, this is bhāvanā.
Just a little fun fact. In traditional medicine, for some preparations, they take the juice of plants and put it out in the sun, so that the unnecessary stuff evaporates away and the medicinal quality concentrates. This process also they call bhavana.

Wish you all success in all your endeavours. Goodbye!
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